Tag Archives: Rick Santorum

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Four Years of Radicalism

Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, more or less stands by the medieval view of female sexuality that’s caused him so much negative press this week. So does Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), a well-regarded but consistently crazy member of the Tea Party Caucus. But the boldness of these offensive, sexist, but commonly-held views […]

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The Purchased Primary: Did Citizens United Work?

I think I speak for all Democrats when I say, I’m going to miss Rick Santorum. (Though odds are he’ll be back.) For all of John Stewart’s mockery, Rick really was an improbable candidate — as is Newt Gingrich, still. So improbable in fact, that… Well, how the Hell did it happen, anyways? The answer seems to be money. […]

A Quick Note on Santorum & Porn

Rick Santorum’s pledge to enforce U.S. obscenity law in a new fight against pornography — widely reported and debated on conservative sites — ought to raise questions. First; why? Second, and more importantly; what laws? As a capstone on America’s sordid history of pornography laws, Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union makes clear that banning adults from viewing pornography […]

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In Santorum, Death or Vindication for Democracy?

Especially given Rick Santorum’s two recent wins, and headlines practically blaring Romney’s concomitant weaknesses, I tend to see the Republican primaries as proof of a problem without a solution: members of a democracy don’t always vote for the superior candidate. To be perfectly clear, I’m no fan of Mitt Romney. But I think it’s reasonable to […]

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Defining a Place for the New Atheism

I’m moving to Brooklyn! With no internet. Hence delays.  Andrew Sullivan, with Bryan Appleyard, together question the value of the “new atheism,” which they define as a belief system devoted to the absolute eradication of both religion, and its influence on mankind. Appleyard: By “neo-atheism”, I mean a tripartite belief system founded on the conviction […]

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Inferring from Aberration: How the Culture War Magnifies

Several point to an absurd incident out of Pennsylvania, where Judge Mark Martin recently acquitted a criminal defendant of assault because his victim, Ernie Perce, was dressed as a “zombie Mohammed,” thereby (apparently) provoking the assault. An excerpt from the trial transcript, as reported by another blog: Whenever it is very common, their language, when […]

Talking About Taxes

The Hill trumpets a poll which, they say, proves voters want lower taxes. But look deeper at the methodology. Voters are asked to assign a percentage to each income bracket and, unsurprisingly, come up with a fairly low number, lower in fact than current tax rates, of which most voters were actually unaware. The same […]

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Do Campaign Ads Work?

Here’s a question Mitt Romney might do well to ask himself. Politicians and scholars alike debate the efficacy of high-dollar ad buys, and the importance of tone (positive or negative?). In fact, it’s a subject we’ve discussed here before, because to date the academy’s reached no resolution on the question of whether negative campaigning is […]

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A Chance to Split Religious Leaders from their Voters?

A glimpse at mainstream conservative news sites would convince anyone that the Obama administration’s proposed contraception rule — which purports to require church-affiliated institutions and hospitals, but not places of worship themselves, to provide free contraception through their employee health plans — means the President stands to reap a whirlwind of fundamentalist backlash as the […]

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The Dangers of Constitutional Theology

Rick Santorum’s surprising return to relevance should justify a second look at some of his… crazier beliefs. This The New York Times ably provides, per Molly Worthen, who questions whether his prolonged discussions of “natural law” are anything other than a way to sell Catholic-style theocracy to Tea Party-infused Republicans. I’m more troubled by his […]

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